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Best in the East 2018: Overall 1-10

The results of our reader-ranked survey for the top 10 resorts in Eastern North America.


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Smugglers’ Notch

No. 1: Smugglers’ Notch, VT (Click for more info)

“Smuggs is an oasis in the land of range rovers and ‘cool kids’. Sick terrain, sick vibe, awesome people, a true skiers mountain. If I want to ski the East, I’m going to Smuggs.”

Photo: Courtesy of Priscilla Emerling / Smugglers’ Notch.

Sugarbush, Vermont ranks No. 6 in SKI Magazine's 2020 Resort Guide
Photo credit: Brian Mohr

No. 2: Sugarbush, VT

“Sugarbush is the friendliest mountain in the East: skiers, snowboarders, families, and park rats all fit in here. Their main focus is on the quality of the mountain, and the ambiance is perfect! It feels how every ski resort should feel.”

Photo credit Brian Mohr / Ember Photo.

resort guide 2018 mount snow overall

No. 3: Mount Snow, VT

“Mount Snow’s authentic and welcoming vibe means you’re surrounded by genuine people at a true Vermont classic hill. They simply do an excellent job at everything.”

Photo courtesy of Mount Snow.

resort guide 2018 tremblant overall

No. 4: Tremblant, Quebec

“Tremblant always hits it out of the park. Everything you could ever want in a winter vacation is here – even if you don’t ski!”

Photo courtesy of Tremblant.

resort guide 2018 jay peak overall

No. 5: Jay Peak, VT

“Jay Peak has amazing snow, awesome glades, nice staff, and a good lift system. They do everything right!”

Photo courtesy of Jay Peak.

resort guide 2018 mad river glen overall
Courtesy of Mad River Glen

No. 6: Mad River Glen, VT

“Mad River is skiing as it should be, it’s shown everyone who’s ever skied there how the east can go toe-to-toe with the big guys out west. Add in the classic single chair and the atmosphere of a big family, and you have it as good as it gets.”

Photo courtesy of Mad River Glen.

resort guide 2018 sugarloaf overall

No. 7: Sugarloaf, ME

“I love Sugarloaf so much that sometimes I’m tempted not to tell other skiers about it because I want to keep it to myself!”

Photo courtesy of Sugarloaf.

resort guide 2018 stowe overall

No. 8: Stowe, VT

“A classic New England resort with an awesome location and great ambience that remains a real ski town.” 

Photo courtesy of Stowe.

resort guide 2018 okemo overall

No. 9: Okemo, VT

“Okemo has been and will continue to be an annual destination for our family.”

Photo courtesy of Okemo.

Resort guide 2018 Loon Mountain Overall

No. 10: Loon Mountain, NH

“Your season pass gets you so much more than amazing skiing and truly makes it worth calling Loon my home mountain. 2 hours from Boston, all highway, no backroads, this resort rocks!” 

Want more? Check out the Resort Guide 2018 Best of the East 11-20 here.

Photo courtesy of Loon Mountain.